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Identity (2003)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  25 April 2003 (USA)
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Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Suzanne (as Rebecca DeMornay)
Defense Lawyer
Marshall Bell ...
District Attorney


Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Identity is a secret. Identity is a mystery. Identity is a killer. See more »


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I.D.  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,225,263 (USA) (25 April 2003)


$205,203 (Japan) (24 October 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bret Loehr gets only one line of dialogue in the whole film. And even then, some of it is spoken first by Pruitt Taylor Vince. See more »


The newspapers shown during the opening credits are quite accurate, revealing additional information about the killer's background. In one case, though, two columns show exactly the same text. See more »


Judge Taylor: In the matter of Rivers v. Nevada, for purposes of...
Defense Lawyer: Just a minute. Judge Taylor, sir, with due respect, we should wait till my client arrives. He has a right to be present.
Judge Taylor: He has precious few rights, Counselor. He's twenty-four hours from execution.
Defense Lawyer: But in order to demonstrate his mental state, which is the purpose...
Judge Taylor: His mental state? His mental state? Do you know what time it is? Hmm? You think I got time for bullshit? That the justices have seen fit to call me in the middle of the night ...
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Crazy Credits

The first few opening credits leave behind a letter to the word "IDENTITY" as they fade away. See more »


Referenced in Lost: Dave (2006) See more »


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User Reviews

Unpredictable,exciting,full of mystery and horror psychological thriller
23 February 2005 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

For a start,i would like to say that this film is worth seeing.It is one of the best psychological thrillers that exist so i highly recommend to those who like this kind of movies.The plot was very nice,the twist also and the cast outstanding.Cusack,Liotta,Peet and Hawkes did their best and the result was excellent.I liked a lot the flashbacks that were made -mostly in the beginning. Furthermore,the idea of the whole film was terrific.On the other hand,speaking frankly there was an excessive gore and emphasis on the murders that didn't impress me;a big part of the movie was "dedicated" to murders.Another thing that i didn't like was the continuous rain that made me feel tired,seeing again again the storm. Moreover,what i liked most-contrary to many people- was the end of the movie.It was unpredictable and,besides that,it is one of the few thrillers that you cannot find out the end easily.It was very interesting and made me sit tight on my couch .If you don't pay attention for a while you will "get lost". I should not forget to refer to the hot presence of Peer that embellished the movie apart from her casting abilities. Lastly,you should make sure that you will be 100% concentrated on the film in order to understand what is happening cause i regard it as one of the most difficult movies to understand.It is certain that this film will dominate you with mystery and in parallel make you think a lot of things that will be predicted wrong in the end. I would give 9 -at least- out of 10 to Identity.

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